10,000 kids experience One Little Goat's "PLAY: A (Mini) history of theatre"

For Immediate Release: Toronto, May 11, 2017

10,000 elementary students in TDSB Model Schools for Inner Cities experience One Little Goat Theatre Company’s PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation grant

With a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, “Toronto’s enterprising One Little Goat Theatre Company” (New York Times) has performed the company’s first play for young audiences for 10,000 elementary school students. This completes the company’s tour of 39 of the Toronto District School Board’s Model Schools for Inner Cities, begun last fall and performed at no charge to the schools.

Written and directed by One Little Goat’s Artistic Director Adam Seelig, PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids makes the case that dramatic play is rooted in childhood games, empowering children as natural-born play-makers. Actors Richard Harte and “Mavis-the-Sometimes-Cat” (Jessica Salgueiro, alternating with Rochelle Bulmer) are featured in a performance that guides Grades 1-6 audiences through four distinct periods of drama:

  1. Early Beginnings: games around the fire
  2. Ancient Greek Tragedy: Antigone by Sophocles
  3. Japanese Noh Theatre: Zeami and 14th-Century Noh
  4. Modern Theatre: Alfred Jarry, Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett

“Sharing with young audiences some of the greatest moments in theatre, from the intensity of Ancient Greek tragedy to the absurdity of 20th-century modernism, is tremendously rewarding,” says Seelig. “All the learning, listening and laughing we do together in these gym performances, made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will contribute to the kids’ lifelong love of, and participation in, the arts.”

An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities through investments in charities and community organizations: www.otf.ca.

Now in its 11th year, the TDSB Model School for Inner Cities program identifies 150 schools throughout the GTA with a large concentration of students living with limited resources, and aims to provide them with the opportunities they need to participate fully and equally in their schools and communities. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/ModelSchoolsforInnerCities.aspx.

One Little Goat, North America’s only company devoted to contemporary poetic theatre, “has done audiences a huge service” (Toronto Star) through its highly interpretive, provocative approach to new and international plays. For over a decade, the company's Canadian and world premieres have garnered praise from the New York Times, Globe and Mail, CBC and others. One Little Goat is a non-profit charity based in Toronto: www.OneLittleGoat.org.

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